In higher education, as in life in general, it may well be true that the only constant is change. In order to cope with change we need to constantly try new ideas and approaches. However, it may also be true that some tried and tested ideas which sound ‘old hat’ are just as good or better than new innovations.This conference will focus on how innovation can be encouraged, creative solutions enabled and new arenas embraced in higher education. It will also encourage a revisit of old ideas in new contexts, or old solutions to new problems. Pedagogies and practices will be explored – with a focus on their practical application – which enhance the learning experience for students.
KeynotesWe are delighted that Professor Patricia Broadfoot (Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire), Colin Beard (Faculty Teaching Fellow, Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University) and Aaron Porter (Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students) have agreed to provide keynotes at the conference.
The SEDA Conference Experience
Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:
ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE learning, teaching and educational development. This includes:
Japanese DelegationSEDA was delighted to welcome a delegation of Educational Developers from Japan (Mr Kenji Kubo, Ehime University; Mr Hiroaki Sato, Ehime University; Mr Victor Carpenter, Hirosaki University; Dr Hiroshi Kijima, Hirosaki University; Dr Akifumi Ohtaka, Hirosaki University; Dr Gary Tsuchimochi, Hirosaki University; Ms Tayo Nagasawa, Mie University; Mr Steve Fukuda, University of Tokushima; Dr Satoshi Hashimoto, University of Tokushima; Miss Junko Kagawa, University of Tokushima; Miss Sayaka Tanaka, University of Tokushima; Mr Masanori Miyata, University of Tokushima, Ms Shimada Ikuku, Kochi Women’s University; Mr Hidenori Matano, Kochi University) to the November 09 conference in Birmingham, pictured here with Celia Popovic, Ruth Pilkington, James Wisdom and David Baume. Recent Government initiatives in Japan to insist on pedagogic development for academics in Japanese Universities led to this unprecedented interest in SEDA’s activities. We were pleased to be able to offer support and advice to our colleagues in Japan, but also to learn from their experiences in what in some senses is a very different culture, and yet one which has many resonances with the UK. We hope that this is just the beginning of a collaborative relationship between SEDA and colleagues in Japan.Some of the delegation with Carol Baume, Celia Popovic, David Baume and Fiona Campbell. One of the Japanese participants, Masanori Miyata said ‘It was like a dream to attend the conference’. ‘So it was very useful for us to attend the conference and made friends with some UK educational developers’.
Call for ContributionsThe call for contribution is now closed.Session formats
The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to hold sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is a key requirement of all proposals.
Proposals for posters, papers and workshops are invited which:
45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on high levels of participation
(up to 25 minutes plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants in engaging with your findings
Posters: the maximum size should be A1. Posters will be available for participants to view throughout the conference. Additionally, there will be a timetabled poster session when presenters should be available to discuss the content with conference participants.
Submitting your proposal
Proposals should be submitted
Friday 27th March 2009. It is normal practice to accept only one contribution per individual so as to provide the opportunity for as many people to contribute as possible. It is a requirement that all presenters register as conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session.
Criteria for acceptance of proposalsEach proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:
Day One: Tuesday 17th November
|09.15 – 09.45||Registration and tea & coffee|
|09.45 –10.00||Welcome and Introductions|
|10.00 – 10.45||Keynote address – Learning for Life: from pedagogy to partnershipProfessor Patricia Broadfoot, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire|
|10.45 – 11.15||Break|
|11.15 – 12.00||
Parallel Session 1
|12.00 – 12.45||Networking and SEDA dissemination|
|12.45 – 13.45||Lunch|
|13.45 – 15.15||
Parallel Session 2
|15.15 – 15.30||Break|
|15.30 – 16.15||
Parallel Session 3
|16.30 – 17.15||
Parallel Session 4
Day Two: Wednesday 18th November
|08.30 – 09.15||Breakfast session for people new to SEDA – come and find out more about the organisation|
|09.30 – 10.30||
Welcome Day 2
|10.30 – 11.00||Break|
|11.00 – 11.45||
Parallel Session 5
|11.45 – 12.45||Reading Group/Networking|
|12.45 – 13.45||Lunch|
|13.45 – 14.30||
Parallel Session 6
|14.30 – 15.30||Keynote – The Importance of the Learner Voice in 21st Century Higher EducationAaron Porter, Vice-President (Higher Education) National Union of Students|
|15.30 – 15.45||Summing up and close|
|15.45 – 16.00||Tea and Depart|